That would be “a trilateral exercise bringing American, Australian and Japanese forces together to test capabilities, enhance readiness skills and improve interoperability,” according to the American military.
All three airplanes belong to the 14th Fighter Squadron, a unit first established in 1942 and presently stationed at the Misawa Air Base in Japan. They all seem to have gone out for the exercise loaded with missiles and pods of various uses, as seen in the main photo of this piece.
Each Falcon can be an impressive weapons’ platform. They are equipped with multi-barrel cannons and external stations that can hold anything from air-to-air missiles, air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions, and electronic countermeasure pods.
As far as missiles and bombs are concerned, each plane can pack stuff like 2,000-pound bombs, an assortment of AIM-9 and AIM-120 missiles, but also two 2400-pound external fuel tanks to help them increase their range, officially rated at more than 2,000 miles, or 3,219 km.
As for the Cope North 22 exercise, it saw a wide range of aircraft taking part, including E-7A Wedgetail, C-27J Spartan, and F-35A Lightning II deployed by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).